Apollo Elementary E-news

November 27, 2019

Upcoming Dates

  • December 2 - Toy Drive - Last Day!
  • November 28 & 29 - Thanksgiving Holiday - NO SCHOOL
  • December 4 & 5 - Parent Conferences - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS
  • December 9-13 - Winter Scholastic Book Fair
  • December 13 - Winter Festival, 6-8pm, MPR (Book Fair open 5:30-7:30pm!)
  • December 23-Jan 3 - Winter Break- NO SCHOOL

Thank you, PTA!

Thank you to the PTA for providing an amazing staff lunch this week! The soups, salads, and sides were heartwarming and absolutely delicious!

Thank you to Kristina Murphy who led a team of wonderful and generous parents:

Brandee Shillito, Kimbie Pope, Kristina Murphy, Kristi Hammond, Cicely Tegeler, Kandace Barton, Karen Baker, Erika Bresson, Rupy Kaur, Jennifer Khumalo, Megan Waggoner, Carolina Slobodkin, Barnali Basu, Pauline Reyes, Smitha Srinivasa, Jill Tsuchimoto, Breyan Paske, Emily Moe-Lobeda, Abby Lust, and Jamie McCotter.

Thanks again for all you do for us, you are all very much appreciated! Happy Thanksgiving!

Toy Drive - Ends Monday!

Monday will be the last day to donate to the Toy Drive! Apollo Student Council & Apollo PTA are collecting new toys and clothing items from Monday, November 18 – Monday, December 2 for the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank’s “Holiday Gift Barn.” Donation boxes are outside the office. The “Holiday Gift Barn” serves over 1,800 students in the Issaquah School District each year. Apollo collected over 400 toys last year! The grade that donates the most will earn a popsicle party!

Thanksgiving Holiday – Preparing for Winter Weather

We hope that everyone has a wonderful and safe holiday! We have been watching the weather predictions and want to remind everyone to take precautions for winter weather coming throughout the season. Please make sure your family and child care givers are signed up for snow day closure and delay texts or emails from our Transportation Department through FlashAlert. (Only families with verified mobile numbers in Family Access will receive texts from the District.) The District and school websites will post information by 6:30 a.m. Please take a moment to locate your Emergency Transportation Bulletin (ETB) that was mailed out in October or access the ETB online. Also take a moment to use SNOW E-Link to find your emergency snow route and make sure you check the chart below to become familiar with program changes due to delays and closures. For further information on school delays and closures, please click here.


Lunch for the Break will be available at Valley Church (SR 900), Our Savior Lutheran Church (downtown Issaquah), and Faith Church (Issaquah Plateau) on Thursday, December 19th. If you are interested in accessing food over the winter break for your student, please register using this link: https://issaquahfoodandclothingbank.wufoo.com/forms/z1exegrk18ythvv/

Elementary Phase 1 Curriculum Adoption – Foundational Reading Skills Parent Survey

The ISD Teaching and Learning Department will review instructional reading materials for teaching foundational reading skills beginning in December 2019. During this literacy adoption, a district committee will review evidence-based practices and instructional materials to make recommendations. As partners in your child’s education, we invite you to follow this link to complete a survey.


Highly capable testing for second grade students will occur at all elementary schools January 14 through January 17 and continue March 10 through March 13. Students who are identified as “most highly capable” will be invited to enter either SAGE or MERLIN in the 2020-21 school year. Second grade students attending private or home-based schools are invited to participate. Contact your neighborhood school for more information about how to participate. More information about the Issaquah School District Highly Capable Program and testing for second grade students is available on the Highly Capable Issaquah School District webpage.


Each year we offer to parents/guardians of fifth grade students a district presentation of the Family Life and Sexual Health (F.L.A.S.H.) curriculum prior to teaching the unit.

The presentation includes information about:

· Laws and district procedures

· How curriculum is presented in our classrooms

· Options for exempting students

The upcoming dates for these presentations are:

Wednesday, December 11, 6:00 PM

Saturday, December 14, 9:00 AM

· All presentations are held at the Issaquah Administration Center:

5150 220th Ave. SE

Issaquah, WA 98029

· Please know that the presentation begins on time and lasts approximately 1.5 hours.

It is only mandatory to attend a presentation if a parent/guardian wants to exempt their student from the HIV/AIDS lessons.

Additional information about F.L.A.S.H. is available on our ISD website or by contacting Kris Coleman (425-837-7123)

PTA News

The Apollo PTA would like to wish everyone a happy and peaceful Thanksgiving!


THANK YOU to everyone that donated food and time to put together our Luncheon for the Apollo Staff! All of our amazing volunteers make everything we do possible!


Wreath Sales CLOSE this FRIDAY, 11/29! Click here to more information. Greenery will be delivered on December 6th

READING AT HOME Fall Challenge is due on Monday, December 2nd!

WINTER FESTIVAL is Friday, December 13th from 6-8 in the MPR. Click HERE and let us know how you can help!


To find a complete list of upcoming volunteer opportunities, visit our website here.

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